Monday, June 4, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

File:Diary of a wimpy kid.jpgIn the story Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney, it follows the life of a 6th grade boy.  The book is a fictional biography about the life of Greg Heffley.  He really hates school because none of the girls in his class like him, and all of the boys bully him.  He has a best friend named Rowley who he gets into a lot of trouble with.  Greg goes through several mishaps during the year.  Find out if Greg can survive the 6th grade. 

This has to be one of the most relatable books that I have ever read.  There are several experiences that the characters go through that are similar to those that normal students would go through.  Something that is really nice about this book is the cartoons that are in the story.  It helps the students gain an understanding of what is happening while also putting a fun twist to the story.  This is one of those books that I would just have in my classroom library for the students to read on their own.  There are several books that belong in this series, so it would be a good idea to have a few of them in the classroom.  I highly recommend this book. 


File:Frindle cover.gifIn the story Frindle, by Andrew Clements, it follows a boy that is creating a new meaning to words. At the start of fifth grade, Nicholas "Nick" Allen is unhappy because his English teacher is the much-disliked Mrs. Granger. One day, to stall for time in class, Nick decides to question where each word comes from. After hearing Mrs. Granger's explanation, and having to write an essay about it for homework, he creates a new name for the pen: "frindle".  Soon, every child in school is using the word, and it gains national attention. Mrs. Granger dislikes this new word because she thinks it is not respectful to the word pen, which has a long history. Find out what happens when the new word gets national exposure.

This is a great book to have in the classroom for students to read.  There are several people in the book that students can relate to.  This is also an experience that many students would like to do, but know that they can't.  This book could be used either as a read aloud during any free moments in the class, or the students could read it on their own.  It is a very funny book that I highly recommend for every classroom.   

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